Girl Scouts Become Energized by Exelon Spark Day!

On a snowy President’s Day, thirty-one Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors joined Exelon employees to learn about several types of renewable energy and the incredible career opportunities in the field. Girls built windmills, watched videos of different career stories, learned how nuclear energy works, and spoke with a panel of four professionals, including engineers, a communications director, and an intern. 

The girls enjoyed watching informational videos and learning about various career paths in renewable energy. Several girls noted that they learned about careers they did not know existed before. “It was very informative and interesting,” one girl said.  “I actually learned something new,” said another. 

As many companies work towards investing in renewable energy and lowering their carbon emissions, this program was incredibly relevant to the direction energy is taking. Girls were able to engage with women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in the career panel and hear their inspiring stories. 

One panelist graduated from the same high school that a few girls are currently attending, so they connected over education as well.  One girl even reached out for a further conversation with the panelist!

Thank you to Exelon and employees for planning such a fun event and taking time to open girls’ eyes to new career possibilities! Make sure to learn more about the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy.

Spring and Summer Programs Are Now Open!

As part of Kellogg’s commitment to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 and inspire healthier eating habits in children, the company is partnering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) to create 5,000 specialty Wellbeing Boxes, filled with fun activities and information focused on educating and nurturing your physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing. 

You can get a FREE Wellbeing Box when you register for a GCNWI program!

Learn more on our blog.

Catch up with GCNWI!

In Her Own Words: Girl Scout Anne’s Service Story

Written by Cookie CEO Anne

You have heard a lot of wonderful stories over the years about how our Girl Scouts make the world a better place through their commitment to service, and even in these unprecedented times, we were able to continue to share these stories with you all. And who better to hear the stories from than from the girls themselves?

Read on for a first-person account from Girl Scout Anne, Cookie CEO who has donated her Disney trip for multiple years and will continue to do so for years to come!

In Her Own Words: A Gift of Joy

When I was in fourth grade, I was listening to a lesson about virtue at school, when I got an idea to be extra kind and generous. I wanted to do something big that would really put a smile on a kid’s face. It was Girl Scout cookie season when this happened, and I thought that maybe I could sell 5,000 boxes of cookies and then give the trip I earned to a kid in need. I thought giving a Disney trip would be good because I went to Disney when I was in second grade, and it was the best trip I was ever on. I had so much fun, and I rode all the rides, and I got to try all kinds of good food. I wanted to give my trip to another kid who might not have a chance to take a trip like this. I also wanted to give them a chance to have fun and not think about doctors.

When I told my parents, my mom thought it would be impossible to sell 5,000 cookies because I usually sold 500. My Nana thought it was a good idea but I didn’t think she was into it. After a few days, my mom called the council to see if it was even possible for a trip to be given away. We had to wait a couple of weeks before we got our answer. We could give the trip to another kid, but not another organization like Make a Wish.

I spent the next few months reading and watching YouTube videos on how to sell more cookies. I started to think about where I could have booths and which organizations I would like to collect donations from. I made arrangements to have booths at my favorite restaurants and I decided I would help local veterans and the Ronald McDonald House.

Veterans are important to me because I have had many relatives who served, and my favorite cousin is in the Army Reserves. I am thankful for what our soldiers do to protect us and I am grateful for what our veterans have done in the past. I have volunteered at the Manteno Veterans Home and I am a member of the Monee Auxiliary Post 1200. In the Auxiliary, I get to help plan events and treats for the vets. I am going to be their Junior Historian for the next year, taking pictures and documenting our meetings when we are in person. I am also going to collect cookies for the Fisher House at Hines and local homebound vets. This year I will use my cookie money to sponsor two service dogs through PAWWS.

I like the Ronald McDonald House because they help families who have kids in the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House is like a second home for many families. When I was small, I was attacked by a dog and had to have emergency surgery, and I stayed at Comer’s in Chicago. I saw lots of kids with cancer and their families too. I did not like being in the hospital and I wanted to go home. Luckily, I did not have to stay in the hospital long. I knew some of those kids were going to be there a long time. I hope they made it home.

When I sold my 5,000 boxes, I felt like, “WOAH.” I could not believe it. Then I started to think about how I would surprise my friend, Lavontae, with the Disney trip. I have known him for a few years. Lavontae is always going to the doctors because he is living with chronic health issues. He is always fun, funny, and he is always hugging everyone. He is always happy and he LOVES to play video games.

My brother’s friend’s mother is the manager at the Chicago Ridge Disney Store. When she found out what I was doing, she offered to help host a reveal party for Lavontae. Her staff created a custom video which was played on their big screen. When Lavontae found out he was going to Disney, he was shocked and then happy. His Papa was excited too. I was excited and happy and grateful. I felt grateful for everyone who helped me and all the kindness I saw over the months.

Lavontae and Anne after gifting him the Disney Trip. Read about this amazing experience on our blog!

Reach Your Goals with the Girl Scout Cookie Program

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls succeed today and prepare for future success. With every box she sells, she builds on 5 essential leadership skills she can use for a lifetime.

Every Girl Scout benefits from the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Whether it’s a trip to a breathtaking place they’ve never been, an opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp and revel in the power of the great outdoors, or the chance to try something new, every experience helps them do amazing things for herself and for her community. It’s never too late to join the program. Start today!

Adventure to the World Centres: Our Cabaña Mexico!

While the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Centres are closed, you can still take a trip there from your own backyard! Try your hand at a new recipe, drive by a nearby place of worship, or learn a new dance move all while learning about where the World Centres are located in this blog series.

Our Cabaña is located in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Get to know Mexican culture by doing some of these.

  1. Order in from a traditional Mexican restaurant in your neighborhood. Try a dish you’ve never had before – whether that’s tacos, horchata, or beef tongue stew!
  2. Hop in your car or on the train to Pilsen, a neighborhood in Chicago well known for its Mexican heritage. GSGCNWI even has a Neighborhood Walk you can take and a patch you can purchase for visiting Pilsen.
  3. Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. It’s a time to honor deceased loved ones through altars and offerings. Learn more about this holiday with our Day of the Dead patch program (purchase your patch here). Hint: You don’t have to wait until November to celebrate!
  4. Time to learn a little Spanish, Mexico’s national language. Here are a few phrases you should know:
    • Hola = Hola
    • Adios = Goodbye
    • Uno Dos Tres = One Two Three
    • Gracias = Thank you
    • ¿Cómo estás? = How are you?
  5. Churros are a famous – and very delicious – Mexican dessert. Find a recipe online and make them at home.
  6. Do you love to dance? Vamos a bailar (that’s “Let’s dance” in Spanish)! There are several traditional Mexican dances; read about and watch videos of the various dances. Get those dancing shoes on, amigos!
  7. If you’d rather make the music than dance to it, make a maraca. All you need is a plastic spoon, plastic Easter egg, some dry rice or beans, and either masking or painters’ tape. Add some rice or beans to the Easter egg, place it on the spoon, and tape the two together. You can decorate the outside to look like a beautifully colored instrument. Turn on some mariachi music and shake away!
  8. Check out Our Cabaña on their website, Facebook, or Instagram. A girl can dream about where she wants to travel, can’t she?

There is only one more day to register for #GIRLFest! Don’t miss out on the fun with your Girl Scout sisters!

Learn all about the event and how you can join in on the fun!

Girl Scouts Provide Weekly Sack Lunches For The Roberti Community House!

Happy International Women’s Day! March 8 is dedicated to uplifting the power of women and girls across the globe, who are challenging gender stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings every day of the year. To all the girls and women in our council, we applaud your dedication, strength, and perseverance this year and every year.

Over the past year, we have seen Girl Scouts step up in major ways to help their communities through the challenges of the pandemic. Girl Scouts as young as Daisies and Brownies are making an impact through service, and Girl Scouts from the Waukegan, IL area are making this impact every single week through their donations to the Roberti Community House.

Since last spring, many children who relied on their schools to receive lunch began to experience food insecurity; through the efforts of several troops in the area, Girl Scouts are now delivering between 200 and 400 sack lunches to the Roberti Community House weekly. Read on to meet one of the organizers of this project, Katherine Najjar, and some of the Girl Scouts who have been involved!

Tackling Food Insecurity, One Week at a Time

Katherine, Girl Scout troop leader and Cookie Manager for her Service Unit, came to the Roberti Community House with extra cookies left over from the season and left with a service opportunity for her and her girls to impact their community. As a result of the pandemic, “the need for food really skyrocketed,” Katherine explained, “and there’s already a lot of food insecurity in Waukegan.”

“What started with the Girl Scout cookies moved to these bags,” she continued, and now the service project, which has Girl Scouts putting together sack lunches for the Roberti Community House food pantry, has several troops in the area involved, collecting at least 200 bags per drop-off.

The impact of their service goes beyond the numbers, with Katherine reflecting, “It’s been really helpful for [the girls] to understand that there are so many people that just want a simple lunch. I think that by seeing the lines outside of the food pantry, they can see that we can really make a difference in our community.”

One of the participating troops, Brownie Troop 47764, collects 50 sack lunches to donate every other month. They affirm the importance of the service they’re doing: “It’s important to help people; everyone deserves something,” Girl Scout Vivian shared.

Spring and Summer Programs Are Now Open!

As part of Kellogg’s commitment to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 and inspire healthier eating habits in children, the company is partnering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) to create 5,000 specialty Wellbeing Boxes, filled with fun activities and information focused on educating and nurturing your physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing. 

You can get a FREE Wellbeing Box when you register for a GCNWI program!

Learn more on our blog.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week With Us!

Each year Girl Scouts across the country come together to celebrate Girl Scout Week, which is observed the week around March 12- the “Girl Scout Birthday”- and is filled with many traditions.

This year we’re breaking the mold and celebrating the ENTIRE MONTH! Frankly, after the year we’ve all had, seven days isn’t enough for us to say thank you to you all for keeping the Girl Scout heartbeat strong.

Read more on our blog.

Read More Girl Stories!

Girl Scouts Imagine A Better World For Girls!

For Girl Scout Week, we’ve decided to celebrate ALL MONTH LONG! Read our blog to learn how you can celebrate beyond Girl Scout Birthday (March 12!)

Girl Scouts have expansive imaginations and they envision a better world for girls– a world where girls can be treated equally, where girls are courageous to do what they want, where girls take risks and break new ground, shattering stereotypes. Through the GIRLtopia Journey, Girl Scout troop 42614 imagined a better world for girls: let’s learn more about their work and how they are joining the fight for social justice, all over Zoom.

Making the Future, One Step at a Time

A GIRLtopia is an ideal world that girls create, a place where everyone is accepting and uplifting, with equality for all ages, genders, and races. The girls, as part of their Journey, wrote poetry, came up with qualities that define visionaries, including open mindedness, power and faith, determination, and respect, and thought deeply about gender based injustice.

The girls had plenty of answers to what they want to see in the world: free healthcare, free feminine products (“because we can’t control that about our bodies, so why should we have to pay for that?”) and no more stereotypes restricting girls. “People should be able to express themselves and not be judged,” Katherine added, and Emilee continued, “Any girl should be able to wear what they want.”

Even very serious subjects were broached, with Danielle explaining, “I want safety, so we don’t need to fear just going outside past nine o’clock.” Natalie: “I think everyone should be paid equally for the same work.”

And these more than just a dream: this is an attainable goal that is coming to fruition as we move into the future.”50.2% of the college-educated workforce are women, and every year the women that receive STEM degrees increases by over 50,000 individuals. Things are finally changing, but we need YOUR Help to keep this energy going,” the girls wrote in their presentation.

“When we were Brownies and Daisies, we didn’t realize how powerful our voices could be. We want you to know you can make a real change in the world at any age.”

With opportunities to become a completely virtual or hybrid troop comes amazing experiences that would not have been otherwise possible. That’s what Girl Scouts provides: chances to change the world, to live through important moments, to change the present AND the future.

You can join a virtual troop right now: learn more.

Spring and Summer Programs Are Now Open!

As part of Kellogg’s commitment to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 and inspire healthier eating habits in children, the company is partnering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) to create 5,000 specialty Wellbeing Boxes, filled with fun activities and information focused on educating and nurturing your physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing. 

You can get a FREE Wellbeing Box when you register for a GCNWI program!

Learn more on our blog.

Catch Up With Us!

Tribute to Achievement: Story Teller Spotlight

The Moment It Matters is that one defining moment that changes everything: a conversation with a mentor that opens your eyes to a new opportunity. A last-minute decision to run for student council. It is the moment you realized who you are, what you want to do in life, and how you are changing the world for the better.

Join us on March 11 for Tribute to Achievement: The Moment it Matters, our live virtual fundraiser, to hear from Girl Scouts and honorees about the transformative moments in their lives – and the breakthroughs, failures, and changes they have faced that forever clear the way for more women and girls to follow.

Read on to meet some of the fantastic girls, volunteers, and supporters we are spotlighting at this year’s event!

Meet Therese Malinowski, National Gold Award Girl Scout and Alum

One of our hosts for the evening and a 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout from Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, is Therese Malinowski, honored for her groundbreaking work in STEM and sexual violence prevention with the creation of the world’s first comprehensive campus sexual assault database called “Project Dandelion.” She is currently continuing her project and working to grow the database to a national level. Therese has been a Girl Scout from kindergarten to adulthood, and currently attends Purdue University studying aerospace engineering.

Read Therese’s story on our blog.

Meet Natalie Wynn, Girl Scout Volunteer

We will also be hearing from Natalie Wynn, a first-year leader of a multi-level Girl Scout troop located in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, as she tells her story of breaking into the role of troop leader. Though she is new to the organization, Natalie is already a dedicated champion of her girls, and started a brand-new troop last fall in the hopes of connecting girls in her area: “I was never a Girl Scout myself growing up, but I learned it’s never too late to be a Girl Scout.”

Meet Anusha Ebrahim, Girl Scout Alum, and Monica Weed, Girl Scout Board Member

Anusha is a current senior student at Northwestern University studying Latin Classics, and hopeful medical student. An alum of GCNWI’s premier leadership experience, Camp CEO, Anusha will share her transformational moment with her Camp CEO mentor, Girl Scout alum, and GCNWI Board member Monica Weed, when they “by happenstance” ran into each other at Camp CEO and had a conversation that changed the course of Anusha’s life. “It’s not so often young girls get to meet incredible CEOs doing amazing things with their careers and have that moment where they can be encouraged and inspired,” Anusha shared.

Monica reflected on the value of Girl Scouting in her life: “Girl Scouts took me to places, gave me opportunities, and taught me lessons that I would not otherwise have experienced. Girl Scouts made me a stronger, more self reliant, curious, confident, daring, and empathetic person, than I believe I would have become.”

Hear all of these stories and more at Tribute to Achievement: The Moment It Matters!

Join us on March 11!

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Empowered to Move Forward- Get Ready to Celebrate Girl Scout Week, all MONTH Long!

Each year Girl Scouts across the country come together to celebrate Girl Scout Week, which is observed the week around March 12- the “Girl Scout Birthday”- and is filled with many traditions.

This year we’re breaking the mold and celebrating the ENTIRE MONTH! Frankly, after the year we’ve all had, seven days isn’t enough for us to say thank you to you all for keeping the Girl Scout heartbeat strong.

  • Register for a program, get a FREE Kellogg’s Wellbeing Kit
  • Girl Scout Week- With Girl Scout Sunday, Sabbath, Jummah, Girl Scout Birthday and more!
  • #GIRLFest- virtual program for all ages!
  • The first ever Girl Scout Picture Day!
  • Meet our CEO and Board President!

Read on for an overview of everything happening this month!

Spring and Summer Programs are Open Now!

To kickoff Girl Scout Month, current GCNWI members can get a FREE Wellbeing Kit when you register for a GCNWI program! We are so excited to share with all the amazing programs we have in store, including new opportunities in outdoor programming, STEAM, leadership, social-emotional learning and more!

Learn more on our blog.

Girl Scout Week (March 7-13)

Get empowered and celebrate this week by participating in the daily activities below!

Sunday, March 7: Girl Scout Empowerment Sunday

  • Wear your Girl Scout uniform to worship. Talk with your Girl Scout sisters and family to connect with a local place of worship and learn about how Girl Scouts can be represented on Girl Scout Sunday. 
  • To help you engage your community of worship during Girl Scout Week, downloadable assets for bulletins and inserts are available here!
  • Get your ‘My Promise, My Faith’ Award. Work with your family and faith leaders to gain the pin to celebrate the connection between the Girl Scout Promise and Law and your faith.
  • Buy the Girl Scout Sunday patch

Monday, March 8: International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day we’re empowering girls to speak up! We’re teaming up with The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to encourage girls to know their rights and challenge those who abuse them.

Tuesday March 9: Empowered to Live Well

  • For girls: We’ve teamed up with Kellogg’s to help keep our girls’ mind clear, sharp and stress-free. Learn more about our Kelloggs wellbeing kit and become eligible to get one free when you sign up for a program!
  • Watch our series of Mindful Monday videos on YouTube to learn how you can practice mindfulness and positive mental health.
  • For Adults: Girl Scout Leader Chat: Funding the Fun

Wednesday, March 10: Empowered to Do Good with UNICEF and Get Outdoors!

  • Give back while taking part in fun activities at your next virtual meeting or family gathering with UNICEF Kid Power!
  • Sign up for UNICEF Kid Power for free and gain access to over 150 videos of fun activities like dance routines, workouts, yoga and more!
  • By participating with this program, your troop can unlock virtual coins to support food banks and will help to support other socially responsible initiatives.
  • Bundle up and get outdoors to go for a walk or get started on the Backyard Challenge: Spring Edition 

Thursday, March 11: Empowered to Spread the Word

  • Think about a time when you felt really empowered after attending a Girl Scout event or experience.
  • Recall that story with a friend who is not a Girl Scout and invite them to try Girl Scouts for free!
  • Invite friends to celebrate Girl Scout birthday with you tomorrow and learn more about how Juliette Gordon Low became empowered to make a difference for all girls!

Friday, March 12: Girl Scout Birthday and Girl Scout Jummah

Girl Scout Jummah

Observe Jummah and get your Girl Scout Jummah Patch!

Saturday, March 13: Attend #GirlFest and Girl Scout Sabbath

This virtual event will highlight subject-area pathways including STEAM, cultural awareness, outdoors, and active citizenship. Each pathway will feature one hour of programming with multiple fun, girl-led, grade-level- appropriate, and interactive sessions in each pathway, as well as multiple “Mindful Minute” commercial breaks – a chance to close your eyes, breathe, and relax!

Want to have even more fun? Add on our #GIRLfest Event Kit at checkout. This kit will include a patch, t-shirt, and other fun things to help you participate in each pathway.

Register for #GIRLFest for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors Register for #GIRLFest for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

Girl Scout Sabbath

After attending #GIRLFest, take a moment to rest and reflect on all your work with Girl Scouts. Let those moments inspire you to create new and innovative ways to empower others on what it means to be a Girl Scout. 

Get your Girl Scout Sabbath Fun Patch in our Shop 

Girl Scout Picture Days

Grab your favorite Girl Scout gear and get ready for Girl Scout picture day March 12 and 13! Take a picture wearing your Girl Scout gear and send it to us via social media or the submit your story link using the hashtag #girlscoutpictureday to win cool prizes!

Jazz up your photos and use our virtual photo booth that will available on both days. Be sure to check our social media pages for more photo booth information.

Meet the GCNWI CEO and Board President

Celebrate our first ever Girl Scout Month with a virtual meet and greet with the Girl Scout GCNWI CEO, Nancy Wright, and outgoing Board President, Kathy Scherer on March 23 at 6p.m! Grab a snack, your favorite warm drink, and favorite stuffed animal or pet and settle in for a fun evening.

All girls in attendance will receive a free “I Met the CEO” patch and “Future Board Member” patch that will be mailed to your home after the program.

Register for Meet the GCNWI CEO and Board President

Our Girl Scout forecast is looking bright! We look forward to celebrating the month of March with you and hope you are too!

Catch Up With Us!

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Jakki Smith!

We are continuing our celebration of the fantastic work our Black Girl Scouts, members, and staff contribute to the movement. This week, we have the pleasure of introducing Jacqueline (Jakki) Smith, a current Regional Membership Manager at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI)!

“My first encounter with Girl Scouts was at my church. Both of my daughters were interested, and I let them do their thing. At the time, the fifth grade Juniors were meeting with the Daisies and Brownies and being basically babysitters. I met young ladies that were going to quit [Girl Scouts] because they said it wasn’t fun for them.”

“At that moment, I said ‘Okay, let me see what I need to do.’ I had no idea what Girl Scouts was, I was never a Girl Scout, but my daughter enjoyed the program. And I became a leader overnight.”

“I know at the time it was optional for girls to have their uniforms, but not for me. I required the girls to wear [them] and we were always on point at council events. They would see all of these African American girls getting off this bus and they’re dressed from the top of their head to their toes. They wore their uniforms with such grace and pride.”

Jakki’s free-spirit allowed her and her Girl Scouts to make the most of the amazing programming opening up for Girl Scouts at the time, like the Studio 2B program, “which was such a trend-setting series for Cadettes. They were talking about the internet, about scholarship money, how to take care of their vehicles, how to budget, just life stuff you need to know.”

And her mentorship had a massive impact on the lives of the girls she led: “Out of the 40 girls [I had], over half of them received the Gold Award. They wanted to go as high as they could and they were very proud to be Girl Scouts. Still to this day, my daughter is thinking about coming back and being a troop leader. It was so rewarding for me to be a part of that foundation of helping girls identify who they are, to build that confidence, to see those skills in the workforce.”

For Jakki, being a role model to young African American girls was invaluable. “It is still a very fulfilling experience. It is rewarding to see the desire, the passion, has transferred to every girl. So to be able to touch my African American daughters and my Brown daughters, and all of the women of color, is powerful. I hope to inspire them to see the beauty of being different, to teach them that their voices are powerful, and we want to hear what they have to say.”

“Girl Scouts has always been a trendsetting organization, and I believe that’s one of the reasons I’m still with them, because we have loosened up and our eyes are open to all of the possibilities. We’re in this space of innovation and creation and it’s blowing everyone’s mind, this momentum and liberty and creativity.”

Thank you so much to Jakki for talking with us, sharing her story, and reinvigorating our mission.

Black History Month is just one month out of the year, but Black excellence and Black girl magic is something to be celebrated, cherished, and protected every single day. We remain committed to sharing and telling the stories of Black girls all year long.

Meet Girl Scout troop 65708, a troop dedicated to “making true-blue friends, saving the planet, standing up against stereotypes, and using their team power for the greater good.”
Meet Girl Scout volunteer Erica Cox from Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and learn all about the Girl Scouts for Black Lives Instagram!
Meet Dr. Renee Matthews, leader in the healthcare industry, social media influencer, and Girl Scout champion.

Black Girl Magic

From taking civic action for social change to expanding access to clean air and water, to championing STEM education for marginalized populations, to addressing food insecurity, there’s no limit to what Girl Scouts can do—because they show us just that.

Read GSUSA’s blog to meet just a few of our Girl Scouts who are impacting their corner of the world in major ways to create a better place for us all.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are asking for all Girl Scouts—girls, volunteers, alums, supporters, families, staff, and our suppliers and service providers—to commit to taking action to make the world a more equitable place. We have a lot of work to do—join usYou can start by signing the Girl Scout Anti-Racism Pledge.

Visit our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Page for more resources and ways to take action and take a stand.

Join the 21 Week Equity Challenge!

United Way of Grundy County and Will County are proud to join United Way of Illinois, and other local United Ways across the state to embark on the “21 Week Equity Challenge” and invites everyone to take this learning challenge.

This free, online learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisans to learn about racial issues and systemic inequalities, together. The “21 Week Equity Challenge” encourages individuals, families, friends, and co-workers to have racial equity conversations to gain a deeper understanding of the impact systemic racism and inequality have on our state and in our local communities.

Learn more on their website.

Girls Look into the Future with MetLife!

Our Spark Day programs are special opportunities for Girl Scouts to take a leap and explore the future with professionals at the top of their fields of expertise. From STEAM programming to career development, Girl Scouts learn the essential steps to take their ideas beyond their daydreams.

More than 30 Girl Scouts from Juniors to Cadettes made the most of their President’s Day off and gathered virtually to learn from MetLife employees about career development, careers paths, and get ahead of the game on resume-writing.

Perfecting the Elevator Pitch

The session began with a robust panel discussion by MetLife employees, and provided a space for girls to ask questions about their career paths, schooling, and other areas of interest. After the panel discussion, girls broke into small groups to tackle a wide variety of activities, including resume writing, elevator pitches, mock accident investigations, and finding out their own “personality color!” The girls were also given the resources to continue practicing these activities in their free time.

Two volunteers reflected on the event: “Working with young women who are passionate about learning and had great questions made my entire pandemic year! I truly enjoyed it!”

“This event was truly rewarding! To engage with our future leaders and provide a positive, impactful experience geared at making a difference in their lives makes my heart smile. I am better for having participated in the Spark Day event.”

Thank you to MetLife and their volunteers for running this amazing and creative Spark Day; these girls are now equipped with even more skills they need to achieve their biggest aspirations!

Register for a Girl Scouts Program and Get a FREE Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box!

As part of Kellogg’s commitment to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 and inspire healthier eating habits in children, the company is partnering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) to educate and support Girl Scouts with the steps they can take to stay healthy year-round.

GCNWI has partnered with Kellogg’s to create 5,000 specialty Wellbeing Boxes, filled with fun activities and information focused on educating and nurturing your physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing. The boxes include a Kellogg’s MyBowl, stress ball, journal, Kellogg’s snacks, Girl Scouts GCNWI Wellbeing fun patch and more.

Beginning March 1, 2021—which is the launch of Girl Scout month AND spring/summer program registration—current GCNWI members can get a FREE Wellbeing Box when you register for a GCNWI program!

Not yet a Girl Scout? You can get a FREE Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box when you join Girl Scouts today!

Spring and Summer Programs Open Now!

We are so excited to share with all the amazing programs we have in store including new opportunities in outdoor programming, STEAM, leadership, social-emotional learning and more!

Program Spotlights:

Browse all programs and start your wish list now!

What’s In the Box?

In this box, you’ll get everything you need to start your wellness journey, including a fun patch, yummy Kellogg’s snacks, and more! The Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box was designed to teach girls and their families ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, whether it’s by eating a variety of different foods, providing healthy coping mechanisms, or creating fun and enjoyable experiences with the family outdoors. 

In addition to participating in new and fun programs, and earning a fun patch in the process, she will receive:  

  1. Kellogg’s MyBowl®
  2. basil starter grow kit
  3. lavender seeds kit
  4. mini cotton sachet bag
  5. stress ball
  6. journal
  7. Kellogg’s cereal
  8. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treat® crispy marshmallow square
  9. Girl Scouts GCNWI Wellbeing fun patch
Promotion Guidelines and Restrictions

Promotion available March 1, 2021, while supplies last. Exclusions apply. Current member promotion may not be applied to registration for Summer Day Camp, Resident Camp, complimentary programs, custom programs, and programs for adults as well as any programs registered for before Mar. 1, 2021. Quantity limits: one (1) per girl. Parents or troop leaders of Girl Scouts can reserve and pick up the boxes on behalf of their Girl Scouts.

How to Redeem

Current Members

  1. Register for an eligible program on our program site.
  2. Once the transaction is complete, instructions will be included in your email receipt.
  3. Complete the process listed in your receipt, including selecting a pickup location and time for curbside pickup from one of our regional gathering places/retail shops (except for downtown Chicago).
  4. Boxes will be available for pick-up only starting April 1, 2021.

New Members

  1. Join Girl Scouts as a girl member.
  2. Within 2-business days you will receive a welcome email with instructions of how to redeem.


APRIL 2021
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 1
  • Monday, April 5
  • Tuesday, April 13
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Thursday, April 29

MAY 2021
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Monday, May 3
  • Tuesday, May 11
  • Wednesday, May 19
  • Thursday, May 27


3155 71st Street, Woodridge, IL 60517

1005 W.175th Street, Homewood, IL 60430

1551 Spencer Road, Joliet, IL 60433

8699 Broadway Road, Merrillville, IN 46410

650 N. Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

The Chicago Shop is closed until further notice.

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